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Meet the Kidney Supportive Care Research Group (KSCRG)

Dr. Sara Davison, Professor with the Department of Medicine

Dr. Sara Davison, MD,  MHSc, FRCPC

Founder and Director

 

Sara Davison is a Professor, bioethicist and health outcomes researcher in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta.  She is a nephrologist with the Northern Alberta Renal Program and heads the Kidney Supportive/Palliative Care Initiatives.  Her passion and vision for reducing the suffering of patients living with advanced chronic kidney disease is the foundation for the Kidney Supportive Care Research Group.  Her research and clinical innovation is at the forefront of kidney supportive care internationally and she is recognized as a world leader in the area.  She acts as a consultant for establishing kidney supportive/palliative care programs and co-Chairs the Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) Supportive Care Group with the aim of developing international guidelines for kidney supportive care.

Her program of research focuses on the delivery of quality supportive care for patients with advanced kidney failure.  This includes issues such as symptom management; shared decision-making and advance care planning, prognostication and illness trajectories, and the development of clinical decision aids and care pathways such as the Conservative Kidney Management Pathway.

Chelsy George, Research Manager and Study Coordinator

Chelsy George, BSc

Research Manager and Study Coordinator

 

Chelsy is the Kidney Supportive Care Research Group's  Research Manager / Study Coordinator. She has a Bachelor’s of Science specializing in Psychology, and experience connecting with frail patients, managing operational activities, and completing regulatory requirements. She is also responsible for coordinating research studies, patient recruitment, survey administration and data entry.

Vanessa Steinke, Senior Project Manager

Vanessa Steinke, MHA

Senior Project Manager

 

Vanessa is the Senior Project Manager for the Conservative Kidney Management project.  She has a Masters in Health Administration, and has experience managing provincial teams to design and implement clinical information systems and clinical pathway initiatives. She is passionate about improving care and health outcomes, and empowering patients, families, and staff with quality improvement tools.

Betty Ann Waslysnuk, Kidney Supportive Care Clinical Nurse Educator

Betty Ann Wasylynuk, BScN, RN

Kidney Supportive Care Clinical Nurse Educator

 

Betty Ann is the Kidney Supportive Care Clinical Nurse Educator for the Northern Alberta Renal Program (NARP). She has helped develop and implement several supportive care initiatives throughout NARP,  is currently part of the Conservative Kidney Management team, and a member of the Kidney Supportive Care Research Group.  Betty Ann’s passion lies in the area of palliative care and advance care planning for patients with advanced chronic kidney disease and she has published several articles in this area.

Sarah Rathwell, MSc

Data Analyst

 

Sarah is the Kidney Supportive Care Research Group's Data Analyst. She holds bachelor's degrees in Anthropology and Statistics with a specialization in public health, and completed a Master of Science degree in Applied Statistics through the University of Guelph, with a specialization in survival analysis and statistical computing. Her research focuses on modeling the relationship between overall survival and progression-free survival in longitudinal data. Sarah is responsible for statistical support and analysis for the KSCRG's various research projects.

Kristin Jennings, Conservative Management Practice Lease

Kristin Jennings, BScN, RN

Conservative Kidney Management Practice Lead

 

Kristin is the CKM Practice Lead for the Conservative Kidney Management project. She is a Registered Nurse with a background in palliative care. She works on palliative teams in acute care and within homecare, in a direct-care and team lead capacity. Kristin is also working on a Masters of Community and Disability Studies through the University of Calgary, focusing on suffering. Kristin specializes in pain and symptom management, end of life planning, and coordination of care.

Beth Tupala, Research Nurse

Beth Tupula, BA, BScN, RN

Research Nurse

 

Beth is a Research Nurse for the Conservative Kidney Management project. She is a Registered Nurse with a background in palliative care. She works on palliative teams in acute care and homecare, and has held direct-care, consultant, and educator positions. Beth has developed best practice guidelines and worked on maintaining clinical competency in palliative homecare nursing practices. Beth specializes in pain and symptom management, end of life planning, discharge planning, and principles of palliative care.

Syed Hussain, BSc

Graduate Student

 

Syed is a Master’s of Science candidate under the supervision of Dr. Davison and the Kidney Supportive Care Research Group (KSCRG). He has a Bachelor’s of Science with a background in patient-oriented research and has previously worked at the Cross Cancer Institute to help develop a screening tool for the identification of medically-impaired drivers. Syed's current focus is on evaluating patients' and family caregivers' experience with the recently implemented provincial Conservative Kidney Management Pathway.

Past Kidney Supportive Care Research Group Trainees

Sonya Soh

2017 Summer Student

 

Sonya was a Summer Student for the Conservative Kidney Management project. She received the Northern Alberta Clinical Trials and Research Centre (NACTRC) Summer Student Award to evaluate patients’, family caregivers’ and healthcare professionals’ experiences with the Conservative Kidney Management Pathway. Sonya is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry with Honours and is working towards a career in medicine.

Alex Kwan

2017 Summer Student

 

Alex was a Summer Student for the Conservative Kidney Management project. He received the Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) Summer Studentship Award to evaluate patients’, family caregivers’ and healthcare professionals’ experiences with a web-based Patient Decision Aid (PDA) around the appropriate initiation of dialysis. Alex is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in pharmacy and is interested in pursuing a career in health policy and management.

Vision: To help people enjoy life while living with advanced chronic kidney disease by becoming a world leader in kidney supportive care research and clinical innovation.

Kidney Supportive Care Research Group (KSCRG)  l  Mailing Address: 8-105 Clinical Sciences Building, University of Alberta, 11350 83 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2G3  l  Email: kscrg@ualberta.ca  l  Phone: (780) 492-0926 l  Fax: (780) 407-8117

Chelsy George, Research Manager and Study Coordinator
Vanessa Steinke, Senior Project Manager
Betty Ann Waslysnuk, Kidney Supportive Care Clinical Nurse Educator
Kristin Jennings, Conservative Management Practice Lease

Sonya was a Summer Student for the Conservative Kidney Management project. She received the Northern Alberta Clinical Trials and Research Centre (NACTRC) Summer Student Award to evaluate patients’, family caregivers’ and healthcare professionals’ experiences with the Conservative Kidney Management Pathway. Sonya is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry with Honours and is working towards a career in medicine.

Alex Kwan

2017 Summer Student

 

Alex was a Summer Student for the Conservative Kidney Management project. He received the Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) Summer Studentship Award to evaluate patients’, family caregivers’ and healthcare professionals’ experiences with a web-based Patient Decision Aid (PDA) around the appropriate initiation of dialysis. Alex is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in pharmacy and is interested in pursuing a career in health policy and management.

Chelsy George, Research Manager and Study Coordinator
Vanessa Steinke, Senior Project Manager
Betty Ann Waslysnuk, Kidney Supportive Care Clinical Nurse Educator
Kristin Jennings, Conservative Management Practice Lease
Chelsy George, Research Manager and Study Coordinator
Vanessa Steinke, Senior Project Manager
Betty Ann Waslysnuk, Kidney Supportive Care Clinical Nurse Educator
Kristin Jennings, Conservative Management Practice Lease

Alex was a Summer Student for the Conservative Kidney Management project. He received the Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) Summer Studentship Award to evaluate patients’, family caregivers’ and healthcare professionals’ experiences with a web-based Patient Decision Aid (PDA) around the appropriate initiation of dialysis. Alex is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in pharmacy and is interested in pursuing a career in health policy and management.

Kidney Supportive Care Research Group (KSCRG)
Chelsy George, Research Manager and Study Coordinator
Vanessa Steinke, Senior Project Manager
Betty Ann Waslysnuk, Kidney Supportive Care Clinical Nurse Educator
Kristin Jennings, Conservative Management Practice Lease
Dr. Sara Davison, Professor with the Department of Medicine
Chelsy George, Research Manager and Study Coordinator
Vanessa Steinke, Senior Project Manager
Betty Ann Waslysnuk, Kidney Supportive Care Clinical Nurse Educator
Kristin Jennings, Conservative Management Practice Lease
Beth Tupala, Research Nurse

Dr. Sara Davison, Professor with the Department of Medicine
Chelsy George, Research Manager and Study Coordinator
Vanessa Steinke, Senior Project Manager
Betty Ann Waslysnuk, Kidney Supportive Care Clinical Nurse Educator
Kristin Jennings, Conservative Management Practice Lease
Beth Tupala, Research Nurse